Pope Francis venerates Immaculate Conception statue in Rome

Rome, Italy, Dec 8, 2015 / 01:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis venerated the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna, continuing the tradition set by his predecessors in the late 1900s. The event began with the reading from the book of Revelation, which describes “a woman, clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and around her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Rev. 12:1). The Pope then recited a prayer to Our Lady, made on behalf on … [Read more...]

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In Scotland, Catholic archbishop kicks off tour for parish renewal

Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec 7, 2015 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Leo Cushley of St. Andrews and Edinburgh will tour his archdiocese to meet with parishioners and discuss the future of the Catholic Church in their areas. “My big message is that the renewal and, yes, growth of the Catholic Church in our part of Scotland is very possible but only if we create vibrant Christian communities centered on Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist,” Archbishop Cushley said Dec. 3. He said … [Read more...]

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Marriage is disappearing in Italy

Rome, Italy, Dec 6, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Italy is facing a swift and dramatic collapse of the institution of marriage, according to a prominent Italian demographer and statistician. “We were in bad shape in 2009, and we are worse off – there's no getting around it – five years later,” wrote Roberto Volpi in an article last month for the Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano. Volpi has directed Italy's public office of statistics and planned the … [Read more...]

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Poland’s government to drop IVF funding, citing costs

Warsaw, Poland, Dec 5, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Poland’s new government has said it plans to end funding for in vitro fertilization treatment, citing costs. Poland’s health minister Konstanty Radziwill said the government was only talking about ending a state financing program. He said the program uses “hundreds of millions of zlotys, which we can’t afford.” The country introduced funding for the procedures in 2013 under the then-government headed by … [Read more...]

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Prayer ad before Star Wars movie gets nixed in the UK

London, England, Dec 4, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Anglican effort to show an ad of the Lord's Prayer in movie theaters before the upcoming Star Wars movie was rejected by leading U.K. theaters, drawing criticism from many sectors. Carrie Fisher, the actress who returns to play Princess Leia Organa in “The Force Awakens,” was among the critics. “I have no idea why they would do that,” Fisher told the U.K. newspaper the Mail on Sunday, comparing the ad … [Read more...]

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Spain’s Catholics protest blasphemous art exhibit, but city council won’t act

Pamplona, Spain, Dec 3, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite protests from thousands of Spaniards opposed to the desecration of the Eucharist, the Pamplona city council has failed to pass a proposal to remove a sacrilegious art exhibit from a publicly funded exhibition hall. The exhibit involved the theft of more than 240 consecrated Hosts from Mass. Artist Abel Azcona stole the Hosts by pretending to receive Holy Communion at Mass, and then placed the Hosts on the ground to form the … [Read more...]

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Spain’s Catholics protest blasphemous art exhibit, but city council won’t act

Pamplona, Spain, Dec 3, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite protests from thousands of Spaniards opposed to the desecration of the Eucharist, the Pamplona city council has failed to pass a proposal to remove a sacrilegious art exhibit from a publicly funded exhibition hall. The exhibit involved the theft of more than 240 consecrated Hosts from Mass. Artist Abel Azcona stole the Hosts by pretending to receive Holy Communion at Mass, and then placed the Hosts on the ground to form the … [Read more...]

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